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Nutanix: Flexibility and Expanded Application Support with Compute Cloud

Nutanix: Flexibility and Expanded Application Support with Compute Cloud

Over the last few years the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS has evolved greatly, and has been adopted by 7000+ customers. Two things have become evident:

  • Customers value an infrastructure stack that embeds a hypervisor, offering an experience similar to the public cloud. We reported that in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, 24% of the nodes were deployed with AHV, based on a rolling four quarter average. This shows a strong interest in an alternative to traditional enterprise virtualization solutions.
  • Continuous innovation at the storage level that incorporates, always-on compression, intelligent dedupe that leverages map-reduce algorithms, erasure coding with EC-X combined with ever increasing drive capacity sizes has helped customers optimize capacity and rarely saturate their storage tiers. These insights come from our built-in Pulse HD diagnostic tool and its anonymized call-home cluster utilization metrics.

We observed the onset of applications that adopted microservices-based architectures built for greater agility and scale. To truly unlock cloud-like efficiencies, these applications needed to be able to use just the right amount of capacity, while allowing application teams to add more as needed.

Addressing the Need for Additional Resources

Our native virtualization tool, AHV, combined with the use of X-fit machine intelligence in Prism, provides capacity projection and workload based what-if analysis to ensure optimal utilization, avoid capacity constraint surprises, and recommend configurations for expansion. Nutanix is all about options and choice! We support multiple combinations of CPU, RAM, and storage types (hybrid, all flash) that allow for variations in compute and storage capacity. Yet, there were scenarios where application growth (e.g. Citrix XenDesktop or XenApp, Cloudera etc) or new applications would require additional resources, but primarily in one dimension.

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Via the fine folks at Nutanix.

Nutanix Nutanix delivers web-scale IT infrastructure to medium and large enterprises with its software-driven Virtual Computing Platform, natively converging compute and storage into a single solution to drive unprecedented simplicity in the datacenter. Customers can start with a few servers and scale to thousands, with predictable performance and economics. With a patented elastic data fabric and consumer-grade management, Nutanix is the blueprint for application-optimized and policy-driven infrastructure.

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